At an early morning hour on Wednesday (July 8,) I arrived at a gathering place in which scores of radical left activists made their final preparations before starting their protest against an international conference dealing with environmental issues and with the attendance of political leaders, senior businessman and bankers from the Americas and the former President of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres. The protest was organized by No One is Illegal.
From a distance the atmosphere in the parkette seemed festive. As I got closer I could sense the rage and hatred they projected towards their enemies, and the list of their enemies is quite long.
A young lady, who danced cheerfully with the crowd, climbed onto the makeshift stage and her mouth started spewing fire and brimstone against the capitalism and the Western countries because of their responsibility of the destruction of the planet.
After her speech, a young person in his early thirties, took the floor condemning the “evil” enemies who put mankind in danger, including the “war criminal” Shimon Peres, the godfather of the Israeli nuclear program. The crowd became ecstatic when he declared that the real “enemy” is the “profit” that motivates the big corporations. All chanted slogans against the war, in support of peace and world free of pollution. An army of TV crews were at the scene to bring live coverage to their viewers.
The demonstrators were divided into two groups, blue and red, and both rushed separately to block the main roads in the downtown during the busiest rush hours of the day. In the heart of the financial district a group of approximately 50 demonstrators stood in the centre of the street preventing any vehicle from crossing the intersection for about an hour.
Police forces circled the demonstrators but refrained from taking any action to disperse them. CP24 reporter and a former Police officer commended the demonstrators for not using violent tactics. In his view, blocking major roads in the morning rush hours is not an act of violence or bullying.
The speakers talked volumes about social justice while in a short distance of them a homeless was lying motionless, not reacting to the commotion, the passionate speeches and the high-volume music. The keynote speaker described the homeless as a victim of capitalism, even though he didn’t know the man’s identity or his personal story. His declared empathy was not translated into calling upon his supporters to take action by donating money to the homeless or first checking whether he was alive or dead.
Radical leftist Jews took part in the demonstration. Same faces, same slogans. All, without any exception, totally ignored the horrific atrocities committed by Islamic State (ISIS), which are no different of the Nazi war crimes during War World 2. For them the West is the one and only culprit of all the woes of the world. Other potential causes were alsoabsent in their list. For instance, the demonstrators attacked the West for producing and using oil as a source of energy, but they couldn’t find words to criticize the big producers of oil in the Middle East.
The demonstrators were not interested in a debate. They came with ironclad political positions, which are equivalent to a Messianic belief about a perfect world free of profit and without any borders separating between countries; a world that uses only clean energy and enjoys eternal peace between all nations. If these demonstrators only chose to dedicate their time to write fairy tales for children they could have made a nice living and provide jobs for others.
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